29. March 2014 · 3 comments · Categories: fitness, God · Tags: , ,

1506994_10201652498700850_1201318679_nI completed my first 10K race today! My goal was to run it in less than an hour and I accomplished that – I crossed the finish line at 57:39. This is my fourth race since I started running. My other three races: my first 5K last May, an 8K in November and another 5K in December. It has been so cold and snowy this winter, I did not train as well for today’s race as I had for the others – yet, I felt more mentally prepared this time and little less nervous.

All week the forecast has called for rain during the race. I asked a group of my online fitness friends to pray for the rain to let up between 8:30-10am, when I would likely be running the race. (This was a very selfish prayer request, I know.) But Praise God! He heard that prayer and the rain held off until just before 10am. It was misting, more of light rain – perfect race conditions. I experienced a downpour during my 8K last November, and was miserable during that race. Mentally, I was expecting to experience the same thing today. Looking back, I’m glad I experienced that rain-soaked race because it helped me better prepare for today’s race.

10007534_10201652498260839_817902634_nI arrived at the race early enough today to attend the “Blessing of the Runners” service at a local church. It was a brief service, but I loved being reminded of what the Bible says about running a race: “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) The priest talked about the importance of training and discipline as you prepare for a race, and then prayed for all the participants in today’s event. The service was a great way to start my race day and I wish I had that opportunity at more race events.

I took several photos as I was running the race – there were so many great signs and groups of people cheering on the runners. Such a great atmosphere! You can check out more photos on my Instagram account by clicking here.

 
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3 Comments

  1. I am so proud of you! What I love about that last verse is that He says “that you may win.” Not, “that you may win that prize.” You won today! Congrats!

  2. thank you for you transparency!!!

  3. Congratulations on a great race! Now make this part of your year every year! But watch out, races are addicting and before you know it you’ll be running marathons!

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